This degree option includes all of the general education courses required for the Associate of Arts degree plus additional courses from education. This degree option is intended to accommodate students interested in transferring their course work into a baccalaureate program in Teacher Education. Students who meet the graduation requirements of the ASE degree and who apply to one of these institutions may be granted admission to the Teacher Education program as juniors without loss of credits earned at SouthArk.
The degree plan consists of the General Education Core and up to nineteen credits in Education courses. Students should select the university they wish to attend to complete the baccalaureate degree and then enroll in the courses that are specified for that particular university. Students wishing to transfer need to meet with the SouthArk Education Program Director for additional information. Students taking the AS in Education degree program may also be eligible for a Certificate of General Studies by adding as an elective course CSCI 1003 Computer and Information Processing.
Basic Studies Requirements
Reading — ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 43 or above (or) COMPASS 83 or above (or) complete BSTD 0613 English II.
Those students whose Basic Studies scores are below minimum levels must enroll in Basic Studies courses and may concurrently enroll in program courses with the instructor’s permission. Minimum levels of basic skills must be attained prior to completion of the program.
Student requirements to be awarded the ASE degree
Associate of Arts in Education
English Nine hours
Mathematics Three hours
Natural Sciences Eight hours
Fine Arts/Humanities Nine hours
Directed Elective four hours
Education Courses Fifteen Hours
Education Elective Three hours
Suggested Course of Study for AS – Education
Students must also maintain a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA.
Education majors may obtain more information regarding the PRAXIS CORE Exam by going to www.ets.org or by speaking to the Education Program Director.
The courses offered in the ASE degree program are also appropriate for students seeking licensure in a variety of Middle School and High School teaching fields as well as other K-12 licensures. Students should check with advisors at the four-year institution they plan to attend and the SouthArk Education
Program Director to tailor courses to meet specific licensure and degree requirements. Educator licensure for the State of Arkansas may be found at: http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/educator-licensure-unit.